|President Xi Jinping Held Talks with Pakistani President Arif Alvi|
President Xi Jinping held talks with Pakistani President Arif Alvi at the Great Hall of the People on 17 March.
Xi noted that the Chinese government and people are making continuous efforts to ultimately secure a complete victory over COVID-19. Mr. President sent me a letter of sympathy in the very early days of the outbreak, and is now paying a special visit to show firm support to China. The Pakistani government and people from various sectors have gone out of their way to donate epidemic containment supplies to China. We highly appreciate these kind gestures, which once again demonstrate that our two countries are true friends and good brothers who are always there for each other come rain or shine. The special bond between China and Pakistan is the choice of history and enjoys deep roots among the two peoples.
Xi noted that as the epidemic is breaking out in many countries around the world, it is high time that countries respond with solidarity and cooperation. Bearing in mind that all countries are in a community with a shared future, China has acted in an open, transparent and responsible manner to provide timely information on the epidemic and share experience on containment, diagnosis and treatment. China is ready to contribute more to curbing the spread of the epidemic globally and will continue to provide support and assistance to Pakistan.
President Alvi commended China for its significant progress in fighting the epidemic under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, and expressed sincere congratulations on behalf of the Pakistani government and people. The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have taken on this adversity with outstanding leadership and mobilization capability, and the Chinese people have shown great solidarity and dedication. Other countries need to learn from China's experience and practices. China will emerge from the epidemic even stronger. The attempts by certain forces to use the epidemic to stigmatize and isolate China will gain no support and are doomed to fail.
Pakistan and China are "iron brothers" who have gone through thick and thin together and bound by ever stronger ties between the two peoples. Pakistan-China friendship and solidarity stand out particularly in testing times. Pakistan appreciates China's support and assistance and will stand by China to tide over this difficulty.
Pakistan will continue to support China on issues concerning China's core interests. It will maintain close exchanges, deepen cooperation with China and work together to ensure the success of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Pakistan will also continue to advance counter-terrorism cooperation with China and jointly uphold international fairness and justice.
(The full text is available at: http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2020-03/18/nw.D110000renmrb_20200318_1-01.htm)